Est. 2009

Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize

Riding on Duke’s Train


Nine-year-old Danny stows away on Duke Ellington’s train one Georgia night. Through Danny’s eyes, we meet some of America’s finest musicians as he accompanies them on their 1939 European tour, when the train was briefly held in Germany. Says Nat Hentoff, “I knew Duke Ellington for twenty-five years. The Ellington in this book is the man I knew.”

“Duke used to say that the individual sound of a musician revealed his soul. Mick Carlon is a ‘soul’ storyteller.” – Nat Hentoff, author of Jazz Country

“A ripping good yarn. . . . Plunges the reader into the world of Duke Ellington and the America of 1939.” – Brian Morton, author of The Penguin Guide to Jazz

“Wonderfully convincing and authentic characterizations. . . . A thoroughly enjoyable read.” – Dan Morgenstern, author of Living with Jazz


MICK CARLON is a 27-year veteran English/journalism teacher at both the high and middle school levels. A life-long jazz fan, he regularly plays jazz in his classroom and has turned hundreds of students into jazz fans. He is quoted in the latest edition of The Penguin Guide to Jazz, co-authored by Brian Morton. Carlon says, “I feel that if young people are simply exposed to the music and stories of American artists such as Duke Ellington, then they will make a friend for life.


  • ISBN: 978-1935248064
  • Length: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches

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